Modern Widows Club Legendary Widow Award Winner
There’s no peace in the world until widows find peace.— Margaret Owen
London/ UK Margaret Owen is a UK based immigration and asylum lawyer, specializing in women’s rights. Her experience with widowhood raised her awareness of widows in conflict and AIDS-afflicted areas of the world, triggering her activism.
Margaret founded the first international organization to address human rights issues in the context of widowhood, Widows for Peace through Democracy. She’s also the founding member of GAPS-UK (Gender Action for Peace and Security). She is a regular participant at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and consults with the UN on issues of widowhood.
Her commitment to human rights, specifically widows’ rights, is rooted in her understanding of the particular burden faced by widows. “I was conscious of how many women are bereaved because of conflict,” she noted, “and how many women are wives of the missing or the disappeared. We need to have widows’ voices at peace accords.”
Because of her decades of work centering the experience of widows and advocating for them internationally, Margaret Owen is truly a Legendary Widow.
IMAGE SOURCE: widowsforpeace.org
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